Ferrara Residency 2018
27/08 - 14/10/2018
Ferrara Residency is an artist residency project organised by resina with the aim of hosting a group of international artists for 4 weeks of research and artistic production in the city of Ferrara, offering them studio space, accommodation, organisational technical and curatorial support.
This year we invited five artists of interdisciplinary visual and sonic practices who have explored various facets of Ferrara’s history through their own work, as well as through events and convivial activities. Between the 22th of September and the 14th of October 2018, the residency culminated in a final exhibition called A Fluid Haze: thought-forms from Ferrara Residency, held at GATE/Porta, Ferrara. This was an opportunity to share the artists’ investigations into sites and narratives of Ferrara, as well as their experiments within their respective fields of artistic practice.
Throughout the residency, we have discussed various political, economic and emotional structures which support or limit artistic work in neoliberal societies today. Permeating the residency at large, conversations around work conditions, care and conviviality have been explored through a series of events entitled Convivium. These sessions have been moments in which the artists have reflected on various alternative modalities of cohabitation, through the prism of the Etruscan heritage at the National Archaeological Museum in Ferrara, as well as together with Carola Peverati, a feminist activist who was part of the 1970s social movement Wages for Housework.
As a culmination of the residency, we have organised an exhibition named A Fluid Haze, to share works in progress developed by the participating artists during the residency month. The title refers to the ecological character of Ferrara, where narratives around the industrialisation of the environment and its aqueous environment have informed the work and dialogues around cycles of waste and renewal; the plastic heritage of the former factory Montedison; sound as a site for cohabitation and care; and countercultures. Visualizations of thoughts, emotions and experiences have been inspired by elusive, yet tangible forms such as the fog, mosquitoes and toxic waste. (More info here)
The title is also a gesture towards the methodology of the residency itself. A crossing over between self and other, we have worked towards the opening up of our respective disciplines and roles as artists, curators and organisers through sessions of peer review and feedback throughout the month. A Fluid Haze refers to the process of making work itself, in which we have sought to value the research process and collective work over the finalisation of art objects themselves.